Today, there are many companies selling home automation hubs for smart home. There are lot of features and differences in them and you want to invest in the one which fits your needs and use-cases around home.  If your goal is add smart lights, locks, security, thermostats, and more then you will need a home automation Hub to connect and control them together from one app. We have tested and compared many smart home hubs with their features. 

Things to consider when purchasing a Smart Home Hub:

Compatibility and Interoperability

  • Supported Wireless Standards

    Most critical consideration to make sure your hubs support ZigBee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi for your home sensors

  • 3rd Party Certified Devices

    Important factor to select Home Automation Hub is to make sure there many 3rd Party sensors, cameras, locks, lightbulbs, thermostats, etc are certified/tested to work with the hub

  • Price and Support

    You want to make sure to choose the brand of Home Automation Hub which is widely supported by many different brands and affodable

Mobile App Support

  • iOS and Android Apps

    Home Automation Hub should support both iOS and Android Platforms. Web page access is a bonus add-on

  • Smart Notifications

    Apps should support Smart Notifications when any rules are triggered in home

  • Geo-Fencing

    Apps and Home Hubs should be smart enough to know automatically when the user is at home or away to automatically arm the home

Voice and IFTTT Capability

  • Amazon Alexa Voice Control

    Most of the Smart Home Automation Hubs support Alexa skills and voice control. It is important that manufacturer keeps on adding new skills

  • Google Assistant

    This is another addition to voice control and enables automation with Google home and other Android devices

  • IFTTT

    IFTTT is the free way to get all your apps and devices talking to each other. Most of the common home automation hubs support various IFTTT recipes to control your home and automate it

Samsung SmartThings Wink Amazon Belkin Wemo
Model SmartThings 2nd generation Hub STH-ETH-250 Wink2 Echo Plus Wemo Bridge
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Standards support ZigBee Z-Wave Bluetooth Bluetooth LE Z-Wave ZigBee Kidde Clear Connect ZigBee WiFi Wemo Proprietary (No Zigbee, Z-Wave Support)
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Voice Integration Amazon Alexa/Echo Google Home Amazon Alexa/Echo Google Home Amazon Alexa/Echo Amazon Alexa/Echo Google Home
Sensors supported Multi Purpose Sensor
Motion Sensor
Water Leak Sensor
Arrival Sensor
contact Sensor
Window Sensor
Flood sensor
Moisture sensor
Smoke sensor
Tilt sensor
and Many more
Z-Wave: Door Lock, Door/Window Sensor, Motion Sensor, Tilt Sensor, Light Switch, Light Dimmer, Appliance Module, and many more
Zigbee: Light Bulb, Light Switch, Outlet, Door/Window Sensor and many more
Light Bulb, Light Switch, Outlet, Door/Window Sensor and many more Full List here Smart plugs, Smart lights, WIFI cameras (Limited sensors)
3rd Party Devices certified to work Many different types of sensors and home automation products. See full list here Many different types of sensors and home automation products. See full list here Many different types of sensors and home automation products. See full list here works on Belkin Wemo devices only
Setup Easiness